The Hurel surname comes from the Old French "hurer" meaning "to bristle," "ruffle," or "stand on end;" as such it was likely a
for someone with an untidy head of shaggy hair. Interestingly, this word for someone whose hair sticks up came to be used for the Huron North American Aboriginal people who lived around Lake Ontario. It has been suggested that Hurel was also sometimes an
name for a sapper, that is, one who laid land mines.
, where the name is mentioned twice in a French Armorial of 1696.
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of this family name include: Huron, Hurel, Hure, Huré, Huret, Hurard and many more.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Pierre Hure, who settled in New France sometime between 1620 and 1765; Catherine Hurelle, who arrived in Montreal in 1654; Jean Huron, who settled in Quebec in 1674.